Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, says the Senator representing Kogi West zone in the Senate, Senator Smart Adeyemi , needs a psychiatric examination for referring to him as ‘champagne drinking Governor’.
Senator Adeyemi had while contributing to a motion on how to protect schools across the country, said his State Governor ,Yahaya Bello,had awarded contracts for the renovation of schools, while Abia is governed by drunkards.
Adeyemi went ahead to say that the Governor of Abia State is a “champagne drinking Governor”.
The Senator further claimed that his comments against the Abia Governor were in response to some comments allegedly made by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe against the Governor of Kogi State in a social media post.
However, Senator Abaribe denied ever making such comments against the Kogi State Governor.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, the Abia Governor ,said Adeyemi as a senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria reduced both himself and the institution of the Senate to a gutter level,stressing that the Kogi West senator is either suffering from a protracted case of mental illness or is battling with occasional fits of schizophrenia which manifests in making careless, dishonorable, unrelated and incoherent statements.
In his words; “This conclusion becomes irresistible judging from the total disconnect between the matter being discussed by the Senate and the comments made by the Senator as they affect the Governor.
“If Senator Adeyemi was of sound mind, he should have known that when it comes to education, Abia is miles ahead of his home State of Kogi. Indeed, not just in education but in every single area of development.
“If Senator Adeyemi had his faculties intact, he should have known that under the watch of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State has maintained first position in WAEC Examinations in the entire country for five years now. Kogi has not come close to the first 20. Never!
“Senator Smart Adeyemi is clearly non compos mentis. If not, he would have known that while his State is still awarding contracts for the renovation of schools, Abia had long completed more than 500 classroom projects scattered across schools in Abia State, and still counting.
“The statement reminded the Kogi West Senator that the National Bureau of Statistics adjudged Abia State as No. 3 on the list of States that attracted foreign direct investments, with only Lagos and Abuja ahead of Abia State in the entire country,adding that it takes more than drinking champagne to guide a state from zero foreign investments to No. 3 in the country.
“Kogi State featured prominently on the list of states that attracted zero investments. It is only a state that is peaceful and secure that has the capacity to attract such cross border investments.
“Some weeks ago, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) branded Kogi State unsafe for their consistent lip service to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Adeyemi was never heard to have either responded to that statement by the NCDC or raise it on the floor of the Senate. Yet, he has the effrontery, or rather, the buffoonery, to abuse a Governor whose state has maintained one of the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates in the country through proactive measures to protect our people.
“Between a Governor who has consistently denied the existence of Covid and the one who has put in place measures to protect his people, one wonders who the drunkard is?
For the avoidance of doubt, Gov.Okezie Ikpeazu does not take alcoholic drinks and he is shocked at the schizophrenic outburts of Senator Adeyemi whom he has never met nor had any dealings whatsoever with officially nor privately.
“Governor Ikpeazu concludes by advising the Senator to quickly seek psychiatric help before his case becomes unmanageable.”